Cover Story: The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill
There is something inherently wondrous about going to the beach, especially in the South. The sight of the sun, the sound of the sea, the sensation of the sand, the smell of saltwater-- not to mention the taste of fresh seafood. This visceral combination has been serendipitously formed by nature, yet artfully recaptured in the form of a renowned local restaurant-- The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill.
After achieving remarkable success in Buckhead-- their original home since 2010, The Big Ketch opened up a second location in Roswell in 2015. Despite being located roughly 250 miles away from the nearest beach (Tybee Island), The Big Ketch delivers the tastiest bits of the Southern coast to your table on Canton Street. This self-proclaimed “local beach house” arguably serves fresher fare than many restaurants along the actual coastline.
Here, every day brings new and perfectly-salted opportunities to your taste buds, as well as a different “Ketch”-of-the-day to the menu. The restaurant has been recognized time and time again for their world-famous hot buttered lobster rolls, not to mention the rest of their overwhelmingly fresh, ocean-sourced cuisine. They offer everything from steamed mussels, grilled oysters, lobster bisque and seared ahi tuna to southern-fried catfish, hush puppies and house shrimp and grits. But this is only a fraction of what all is offered.
Keep it simple with jumbo lump crab cakes, or go back to basics with the classic fish-n-chips. Tickle your tastebuds with the Baja Style Fish Tacos, or nourish your body with the Green Goddess salad or the Asian quinoa superfood bowl. It’s pretty impossible to regret your order here; there’s something memorable and appreciable about everything on the menu--you could safely close your eyes and let your finger land somewhere random (that is, if you are free of food intolerances). Gluten-free guests still, however, have plenty of mouthwatering options.
There is also an unforgettable half-shell oyster bar, live music, an elegant patio and a humble yet respectable dedication to complimentary boiled peanuts. Oyster hour lasts from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, offering a fifty-percent discounted dozen (dine-in only). Their specials include $12 “Burger and Brew” Mondays and half-off select-wine-bottle Tuesdays.
The house drinks alone are next-level, crafted artfully by hand and seasonally garnished. With everything from beer and beachy bubbles to Basil 8s, Bloody Marys, Beach Bums, Buckhead Bettys and Easy Breezys, you are sure to discover your “new drink.” Every item on The Big Ketch menu has the potential to become a favorite; it has all been designed with refinement and attention to detail, keeping taste and freshness in mind.
With breathtaking interiors by Atlanta’s own Marty Mason, the atmosphere is unapologetically luxurious, yet inviting and relaxing above all else. The Big Ketch is an aromatic and flavorful destination for families, friends or decompressing at the bar after a grueling work day; come visit this landlocked oasis, which doesn’t come off as such in any sense. Heed this gentle reminder that a Southern beach vacation is accessible via any street leading to downtown Roswell-- where you can experience the sweet, salty sentiment of a supper “by the C,” (as in Canton Street).
The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill is owned and operated by Southern Proper Hospitality Group, in addition to a host of recognizable establishments like Milton’s Cuisine and Cocktails, The Blind Pig Parlour Bay, Gypsy Kitchen, The Southern Gentleman, Chido & Padre’s, Beni’s Cubano and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina. www.thebigketch.com